In many ways, Amber Rose has become a champion for women’s sexuality. The 32-year-old model hasn’t shied away from expressing her opinions, and when it’s time to talk double standards, Amber Rose might just speak more loudly than anyone else.
In a recent interview with MTV News, Amber Rose has revealed why she feels the need to speak up and defend women in situations where others may not. As it turns out, Amber Rose herself was a victim of sexual assault when she was in seventh grade, and when she tried to stand up for herself, the principal blamed Amber.
Here’s what she had to say in her MTV News interview.
“I was sexually assaulted in the seventh grade. This boy stuck his hand all the way up my skirt. I was sitting on the edge of the stage in the auditorium, and he sat down next to me and put his hand up my skirt… I went to principal, and I told her that I felt extremely violated. I couldn’t believe that he had touched me like that. And she blamed me. She said, ‘You shouldn’t even be wearing a skirt like that.’ Obviously, in the seventh grade, my skirt was not that short — but even if it was, that didn’t give him the right to shove his hand up my skirt.”
In the same interview, Rose goes on to say that the principal made her feel like she didn’t matter. It wasn’t the first time Amber Rose felt the double standard placed on women where sexuality is concerned, and Rose said it certainly wasn’t the last.
During the same interview, the 32-year-old actress also talked about her divorce from Wiz Khalifa. During the divorce proceedings, Rose said she was called all kinds of names if she so much as dared to leave her home with another man.
“Wiz would be with a different girl every day and get photographed out with girls at the club. I would be on one date with a guy, and it was like, ‘You’re a horrible mother! You’re a f–ked up person! You’re a wh—e! That’s why Wiz left you, you f–king slut.’ And I was just like, am I not allowed to live? Am I not allowed to be sexy anymore because I’m a mom? Do I have to dress like a nun because I had a baby? I just started to see all of those comments while I was going through my divorce, and it just wasn’t right. I have an opportunity to be a voice for women to say that it’s not cool.”
It was this type of treatment that lead Amber Rose to begin standing up for women, she said. In fact, earlier this year, Amber Rose and gal pal Blac Chyna made a statement when they arrived at the VMAs in coordinated outfits covered in names and words which are considered to be derogatory toward women. At the time, the pair made quite the stir with their clothing.
During the MTV News interview, Amber Rose said that’s exactly what she had hoped to do.
“I think it makes people uncomfortable, but I like to make people uncomfortable. I think it brings awareness.”
Rose went on to say that she embraces her sexuality and her “ho-ism” because that’s simply who she is, and she’s not ashamed of it. She notes that her entire staff is made up of men, and one-by-one, she’s been able to change their attitudes about women — especially exotic dancers.
They’re the same lessons she plans to teach to her son someday, who is not 2-and-a-half-years-old.
“I’m going to be that mom because regardless of what a girl has on or how pretty she is — or even if she gets you to that point where you guys are both naked in bed — if she says no, it’s no,” Amber Rose said in the MTV News interview. “You put your clothes back on, and you leave. So we need to teach our sons and daughters about what’s right and what’s wrong.”
Find out more about Amber Rose’s work against double standards in the video below.
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